Scamp's post about David Beckham and emotion in advertising reminded me of how much I like Sam Taylor-Wood's Crying Men photographs: real men showing vulnerable emotions - but they're actors, so how much is performance and how much is genuine?
This in turn reminded me of this video and sent me scurrying to Youtube in search of it.
Now, however you feel about Elton John, his music and his personal style, you have to admit the man can write a damn fine wonky love song. So we have his music, lyrics and vocals combined with stark, spare direction from Taylor-Wood and a fitting performance by Robert Downey Jr. Again you know and can see that he is acting, but the package fits my concept of RDJ so well that I believe (or want to believe) that it's true.
It probably goes without saying I'm a fan of RDJ. There's no denying he's easy on the eye. But it's the archetype he represents that I find so compelling. The combination of impossibly-talented and deeply-flawed; someone who is at once couldn't-give-a-fuck and love-me-please. (see also Robbie Williams).